Urbanisation in a challenged landscape: Manipulation or adaption to the natural conditions.

Bidragets oversatte titel: Bydannelse i et vanskeligt terræn.

Publikation: KonferencebidragPaperForskning


Roskilde was founded around ad 1000 with the
intention to mark and strengthen the position of
church and king as the imperative ideological,
religious and power factor in the waning Viking-Age society. Initially it was not a commercial
hub, and therefore it was hardly considered that
the inhabitants 50 or 100 years later had to work
hard to make the terrain smoother, drier and thus
usable, as the place had assumed urban character
and expanded rapidly. Urban settlements of the
same type as Roskilde were Lund and Viborg and - we assume - Odense. The names of Viborg and Odense point to a continuation of pagan shrines, while in the case of Roskilde and Lund it can only be postulated. The four cities contain some common topographical and archaeological-historical characteristics indicating that around the year1000 they were part of an overall plan. The aim was to establish bridgeheads that - mentally and physically - marked the connection between the ancestors’ customs and the young Christian kingdom, which unconditionally contained the seeds of massive societal change. It is hardly a coincidence that the four specially selected localities are in their respective “countries”.
Bidragets oversatte titelBydannelse i et vanskeligt terræn.
Publikationsdato5 apr. 2022
Antal sider21
StatusUdgivet - 5 apr. 2022
BegivenhedFrom Central Space to Urban Place (2:2)

: Spaces, places and the earliest urbanization of South Scandinavia
- Lindholm Høje Museet, Nørresundby, Danmark
Varighed: 30 nov. 20211 dec. 2021


KonferenceFrom Central Space to Urban Place (2:2)

LokationLindholm Høje Museet